|Nicolas Slonimsky Eats Dinner, a dinner conversation about New Music and classical masters, 1971 - Nicolas Slonimsky|
In a three part series, the eminent musicologist, composer and conductor talks with Mrs. George Antheil, Charles Amirkhanian and Carol Law over roast duck at the home of Mrs. Antheil in Los Angeles, on December 28, 1971. Brace yourselves for a monologue that puts Spalding Gray to shame. Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995), whose career spans the period dating back to the mid-Twenties, is totally uninhibited by a microphone hanging off a chandelier in the West Hollywood apartment of Böske Antheil (190...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
|Nicolas Slonimsky at Berkeley Piano Club, 1971 - Nicolas Slonimsky|
In this lecture and demonstration, Nicolas Slonimsky covers topics such as polytonality, atonality, scales, the perils of introducing the music of Charles Ives and Edgar Varese to the Hollywood Bowl audiences in 1933, polyrhythm, and The Grandmother Chord. He then recounts comments made about composers by their contemporary writers, e.g., there are criticisms of Chopin, Wagner and Stravinsky. A review of his experiences with Performance Art follows and is not to be missed...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Classical; Avantgarde
|Nicolas Slonimsky, Speaking Of Music at the Exploratorium in 1987 - Nicolas Slonimsky|
Nicolas Slonimsky interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, March 12, 1987. Tune into an evening of Nicolas Slonimskys highly comic logorrhea. Host Charles Amirkhanian hardly needs to ask a question of his 92-year old Russian-born guest, the father of the grandmother chord. An erudite musicologist, conductor, composer, pianist, and author of many books including Music Since 1900, Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, and Lexicon of M...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
|Nicolas Slonimsky Speaks about Frank Zappa - Nicolas Slonimsky|
In these recorded comments by Slonimsky, his musical world (classical/avant garde) and that of Frank Zappa (popular/avant garde) came together primarily due to the publication of a book by Slonimsky on scales and harmonies that attracted Zappas attention. Slonimsky recounts his acceptance of an invitation by Zappa to play with his Rock Band. He also recounts how amazed he was when he observed Zappas scores for classical music which looked far out like something Edgar Varese would write, a compos...
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|Nicolas Slonimsky on the Funeral of Mozart in Vienna - Nicolas Slonimsky|
Excerpted from "Thin Air: Nicolas Slonimsky at 76" The view long was that Mozart was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave due to the hazards of a raging storm in Vienna during his funeral. Musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky tells how he debunked that theory. Ever on a quest for accuracy of detail in his Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Slonimsky pursued some of the largest musical questions of all time, often with unexpected results...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Nicolas Slonimsky
|Nicolas Slonimsky Evening Concert, Russian and Soviet Music (1979) - Nicolas Slonimsky|
Charles Amirkhanian gives a brief background into the life and music of Nikolai Miaskovsky (1881-1950), who composed during both Tsarist and Stalinist Russia. A recording of the composer's Cello Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 81 was aired (Finedar Records). What follows may be some of the most hilarious, but informative, moments in musicology ever broadcast. After Amirkhanian reads the section in the recently published Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (6th Edition) written by Nicolas S...
Keywords: Documentary; 20th Century Classical